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by Stephen Downes
July 22, 2008
Desire2Learn Expert Panel featuring Stephen Downes, Barry Dahl, Michael Feldstein, Robbie Melton. After a short remark by D2L chair John Baker, each panelist outlines what they thing should be the future of online learning. Then the chaos starts as the discussion - streamed live on the web and including the use of a backchannel in the auditorium - ranges far and wide. I'm not sure the video is working - I hope it was archived in UStream. Presentation by Stephen Downes, D2L Fusion, Memphis, TN, [Link]
Exploration of an Inegrated Media Tool
Had a lot of fun at the Deszire2Learn conference today playing with UStream and backchannels in front of a full house in the Ballroom. Above: Michael Feldstein presents at the D2L conference in memphis. My computer, foreground, picks up the UStream video (wirelessly - notice that the ethernet cable has popped out of the socket) and sends it to the conference video projector, which we see in the background. We also used my conference backchannel system, which created chaos, mayhem, and a lot of fun.
Also, this link summarizes what was a first-rate presentation from Greyson Purcell outlining a simple but powerful video uploading and playback system integrated into D2L. This is something I am going to want to play with. What I'd really like to figure out how to do is to record live from a computer's webcam over the internet without using a Flash media Server (there must be an open source way...). Stephen Downes, Flickr, Half an Hour, July 22, 2008 [Link] [Tags: Wireless, Video, Open Source, Project Based Learning, Flickr] [Comment]
New Distributed 3D Virtual Environment W/ Instructional Potential: Google Lively
Interesting. Discussion on Google Lively: "A quick initial reaction: it's Second Life distributed." From Google: "If you enter a Lively room embedded on your favorite blog or website, you can immediately get a sense of the room creator's interests, just by looking at the furniture and environment they chose." Me? I don't think I want furniture in my blog. I'm just saying... Janet Clarey, Brandon Hall Researcher, July 22, 2008 [Link] [Tags: Second Life, Google, Web Logs] [Comment]
When Students Design Their Own Learning
ASCD introduces us to "two articles in the Summer 2008 online Educational Leadership issue on thinking skills, 'Differentiating Math Through Expeditions' and 'Immersed in Inquiry,' describe how the authors set up conditions in which students designed their own learning tasks and set their own bar and their own pace." They're good case studies, though I think the student work still occurs within a very constrained circumstance. Nonetheless, they offer anecdotes, at least, of success. Naomi Thiers, ASCD Inservice, July 22, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]
The Tribal Warrior - Stephen Downes in Spain
Miguel Guhlin summarizes my talk in Madrid. See also a longish post from Dolors Capdet (in Spanish) summarizing the speeches given by the Spanish Ministers of Industry and Education (they directly preceding my talk) and my talk following. (Miguel had 146 posts while I was gone, so I may mis som of his stuff - but I liked What Makes a Good Story and Susan Sedro. Various Authors, Website, July 22, 2008 [Link] [Tags: Patents, Spam, Copyrights, Patents] [Comment]
Just to Recap: We Can Find What We Need, but Will We Find You?
I'm gon for a month, I come back, and there's only one post from Brian Lamb? Oh, but it's a good one, reviewing as it does what it takes to create an open educational resource access service (hint: it's deliciously easy, and all the stuff you need has already been developed for you). Brian Lamb, abject learning, July 22, 2008 [Link] [Tags: none] [Comment]
Video of a presentation from Judy Breck (of Golden Swamp fame). You might also want to look at her open interactive presentation online. Her objective is to attempt to show that "this is a world of connectio9ns, not objects". Also from the same conference: Teemu Arina, Innovation and Microinformation. And check out th nifty embedded news reader. Joachim Niemeier, 7 Days and More, July 22, 2008 [Link] [Tags: Video] [Comment]
As my own agency implements a policy on mandated open archiving, it would do well to consult this page at SHERPA, which offers guidance and information about opn archiving. For example, announced today, the SHERPA service service RoMEO now lists over 400 publisher policies on self-archiving. Various Auhors, University of Nottingham, July 22, 2008 [Link] [Tags: Books] [Comment]
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